San Jose State University (SJSU)

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SJSU can be found in San Jose, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. San Jose State University enrolls over 37,000 students annually.

Many of the students getting into this school had an SAT score between 1020 to 1260, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 18 to 27. We were able to estimate the SJSU average GPA (2.89 - 3.45) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 64% of all applicants are accepted to San Jose State University, from which 18 percent choose to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the SJSU acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 56%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SJSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for San Jose State University was reported as 63.6% in Fall 2020 with over 35,300 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SJSU ACT Scores: 18 - 27
  • SJSU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into San Jose State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into SJSU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for San Jose State University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 53.4%
  • 2017-2018: 66.9%
  • 2018-2019: 54.7%
  • 2019-2020: 63.6%
  • Projected SJSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 56.1%

How Does SJSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for SJSU is twelve percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Stanford University4.3%
California State University-East Bay76.2%
University of California-Santa Cruz51.3%
San Francisco State University67.3%
University of California-Berkeley16.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SJSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading510 - 620
Math510 - 640
Total Score1020 - 1260
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 26
Math17 - 26
Composite Score18 - 27
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